Aboriginal Ranger Program

 Second round applications open

The McGowan Government is calling for Expressions of Interest for funding under the second round of the $20 million Aboriginal Ranger Program.

The first round of the program provided $8.45 million to 13 groups across the State, creating 85 new jobs and 80 training opportunities for Aboriginal people, including 47 female Aboriginal ranger positions.

Round 2 will see rangers employed to undertake land and sea management including conservation, cultural, tourism and education activities across a range of tenures. A total of $9 million will be available in the second round, for single or multi-year projects up to three years.

 The program is available to Aboriginal organisations, including prescribed body corporates, native title representative bodies and Aboriginal body corporates where the land area of the project is located outside of the Perth metropolitan area.

Aboriginal organisations are urged to continue to develop partnerships and investigate alternate funding sources that can contribute to and expand the program. Lotterywest can provide funding to assist Aboriginal organisations with land and sea management activities to complement the program and applicants are encouraged to contact Ms Nerreda Hillier, Manager Grants Development, on (08) 9488 6137 to determine how Lotterywest may be able to assist.

Application forms & Information

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest Application Form and submit to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions by 4pm 15 March 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications should be forwarded to:

Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

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For additional information please contact:
Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9219 9933
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Map showing first round recipients of Aboriginal Ranger Program

Round one recipients

  • Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation
  • Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation
  • Goldfields Land and Sea Council
  • Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra Limited (Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa)
  • Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation
  • Aboriginal Prospecting Co. (Yandeyarra Pastoral)
  • Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation and Karajarri Traditional Lands Association
  • Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd
  • Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Women Rangers
  • Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation

About the program

The State Government has developed an Aboriginal Ranger Program to create jobs and training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people across a range of tenures in regional and remote communities across Western Australia.

The government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Aboriginal Rangers working on a Crocodile fence at the Ord River Nature Reserve
Aboriginal rangers working on a crocodile fence at Ord River Nature Reserve.

Led by the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and across government, the program is helping Aboriginal organisations manage country and protect the environment across WA in partnership with the public and private sectors. Funding is available for jobs for Aboriginal rangers, training, and community development.

Aboriginal ranger program 

Since its commencement in 2017-18, the program has continued to train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiencesfor visitors
  • guided welcome to country tours and/or talks for visitors
  • management of visitors or tourists and tourism assets education programs and mentoring.